FestivALL fun for June 20-26
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Although FestivALL doesn't officially kick off until 5:45 p.m. Friday with its official opening ceremony at Haddad Riverfront Park, activities actually start today. They'll run through June 30 but, for now, we give you the activities that are happening this week (broken down by type).
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• "A LITTLE LUNCH MUSIC": Mark Scarpelli performs on the piano from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and Friday in Center Court at Charleston Town Center. Singer Ryan Hardiman joins him Friday.
• THIRD EYE CABARET: The weekly event is expanding for FestivALL with shows today, Friday and Wednesday. Admission is $5 nightly.
Today, the openers are Spencer Elliott and Mark Bates at 8 p.m., followed by Third Eye house band The BrotherSisters headlining at 9:30 p.m.
There's also a screening of the draft of "Damn the Torpedoes," a 10-minute music-video episode from the multimedia space opera/web series, "Saint Stephen's Dream." The new cabaret "Self-Karaoke" feature, where performers duets with a recording of themselves, debuts.
On Friday, Pinky & The Promises open at 8 p.m., with The Spurgie Hankins Band at 9:30 p.m. DJ Woody Woods is on at midnight.
On Wednesday, Mark Bates opens at 9:30 p.m. for The Company Stores, who go on at 10 p.m. At midnight, Bates will host a free singer-songwriter showcase.
• MUSICWORKS 2013: This free singer/songwriter showcase from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Bluegrass Kitchen is hosted by Andy Park. Schedule: Doug and Shelly Harper, 11 a.m.; Mark Beckner, 11:30 a.m.; John Lilly, noon; Julie Adams and Steve Hill, 12:30 p.m.; Sean Richardson, 1 p.m.; Casi Null, 1:30 p.m.; Albert Perrone and Doug Imbrogno, 2 p.m.; Casey Litz, 2:30 p.m.; Marium Bria, 3 p.m.; Jeff Ellis, 3:30 p.m. and Andy Park, 4 p.m.
• DRUM CIRCLE: A free community drum circle runs 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Haddad Riverfront Park. No experience is necessary.
• "CHARLESTON HARMONY: BEST OF THE BEST": This a cappella barbershop concert runs 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Clay Center featuring the Kanawha Kordsmen, Youth in Harmony Chorus, All-Star WV Barbershop Chorus and the international award-winning OC Times from Orange County, Ca.
Tickets are $24. Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.
• RCCR GOSPEL FEST: Some of the area's best gospel performers gather at Simpson Memorial United Methodist Church, 607 Shrewsbury St., for a 7 to 9 p.m. concert Tuesday. Admission is free, but an offering will be taken, which will benefit the Religious Coalition for Community Renewal.
• CHARLESTON CIVIC CHORUS: The group performs a free, hour-long concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Charleston Baptist Temple, 209 Morris St. The program includes "Choral Gypsy Songs" by Brahms and Schumann as well as standards like "In the Mood," "Ain't Misbehavin' " and "I Got Rhythm."
• "JOIN THE PARTY: CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF MOUNTAIN STAGE": Show memorabilia, glimpses of backstage moments and artwork created by state artists in celebration of the show's 30th anniversary will be on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through June 30 at the Good News Mountaineer Garage Gallery, 221 1/2 Hale St.
A reception will be held at 5 p.m. June 27.
• TEEN ART SHOW & SALE: A show of works by Kanawha County teen artists opens at 4 p.m. today in Charleston Town Center's Center Court and runs through Monday. New this year is a crowd favorite award, with voting open through noon Saturday, and the winner named at 1 p.m.
• "MONKEYING AROUND WITH CHARLY JUPITER HAMILTON": A new exhibit by the artist opens at Taylor Books with a reception from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Hamilton speaks at 12:30 p.m. The show is up until the end of the month.
• DOWNTOWN PUBLIC ART AND ARCHITCTURE WALKING TOUR: Guides will explain the history behind some of the city's landmarks in this tour one-hour tour beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lee Street Triangle.
• EAST END MAIN STREET STREETWORKS ART AUCTION AND CELEBRATION: This fifth annual event runs 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Habitat for Humanity Restore, 301 Piedmont Road. Up for auction is artwork used to create artistic street signs displayed along Washington Street East.
Ted Brightwell hosts the evening, which also includes live music, beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $25.
• LOCATION PLAYS: Charleston Stage Company's free presentation of the top two 2012 site-specific short plays are at 11 a.m., noon, 2 and 3 p.m. Saturday on the third floor of the Kanawha County Public Library.
• FestivALL Dance Gala: This year, the event's special guests are Virginie Mecene and Martin Lofsnes of the prestigious Martha Graham Dance Company in New York. The gala runs 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Culture Center Theater.
Mecene and Lofsnes will perform selections from "Appalachian Spring." The Charleston Ballet and River City Youth Ballet Ensemble will also perform.
Tickets are $20, available at the door or in advance at the Clay Center (in person only) and Taylor Books.
See more on the gala in the June 23 Sunday Gazette-Mail Life & Style section.
• WEST VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: The group will screen the 2013 Oscar-nominated live action shorts from 8 to 10 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Taylor Books. There are five shorts. Admission is free.
(The animated shorts nominees will be shown June 28 at Davis Park.)
• WEST SIDE OLD-FASHIONED ICE CREAM SOCIAL: Activities at this free annual event include archery, kids crafts, woodworking demonstrations, face painting and music by the Charleston Metro Band, Charleston Mountain Mission Youth Choir and Coal Train. There are also, of course, free ice cream cones from United Dairy. It takes place on the Stonewall Jackson Middle School lawn from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
• KIDS VARIETY SHOW: Ron Sowell hosts this event from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Bluegrass Kitchen. There will be limited space for walk-in signups.
• MIKE THE KNIGHT MEET-AND-GREET: Kids and parents can meet the Nick Jr. character at a free Knight & Princess Party on Monday in Macy's Court at Charleston Town Center. There will be staged performances at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and 20-minute meet-and-greets at 11:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
• DIZZY DOC'S AMAZING BALLOON SCULPTURE: Dizzy Doc and his crew will be building their giant sculpture Tuesday through June 30 in Charleston Town Center's Center Court. They'll be working from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
• TASTE-OF-ALL: Stop by the Civic Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday to sample dishes from 21 area restaurants. Tickets are required to sample food, and tastes range from 50 cents to $4.
Musical entertainment is Steve Himes (jazz guitar), 11 a.m. to noon; All Jazzed Up (big band and swing), 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 3 p.m. and Tarab Raqs (Middle Eastern music and dance), 3:45 to 5 p.m.
The Mountain Valley & WV Kickers will give a clogging performance from 3 to 3:30 p.m., and there is open ballroom dancing from 1:45 to 2 p.m., followed by a dance contest from 2 to 2:30 p.m.
• EDGEWOOD CULINARY CHEF CHALLENGE: From 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Edgewood Country Club will host a cooking competition in the style of the Food Network's "Chopped." Local chefs Dr. Stefan "Rastaman" Maxwell and John "Wine Boy" Brown and their teams will be given a basket of ingredients and 90 minutes to plate two courses.
There is also a silent art auction as well as a wine tasting. The Fort Hillbillies provide music. Hors d'oeuvres will be served.
Tickets are $35. Call 304-343-5557 or visit www.edgewoodcc.com.
• EAST END GARDEN SHOWCASE: More than 30 local gardens are featured in this self-guided walking tour from dawn to dusk through June 30. Get a tour brochure at Zegeer Hardware, Contemporary Galleries or Bluegrass Kitchen.
• SPIRIT OF WEST VIRGINIA CRUISES: These one-hour cruises begin at Haddad Riverfront Park, go to the 35th Street Bridge and back. They run at 1:30, 3 and 4:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
Tickets are $12.50 for adults, $7.50 for kids under 12 and $10 for veterans and seniors. On Saturday only, cruises are free.
• WV150 HISTORY & ART PARADE: Visual artists, street performers, historic re-enactors, marching bands and local organizations will parade down Kanawha Boulevard from Court Street to Greenbrier Street beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.
• SUNRISE CARRIAGE TRAIL FIGHT FOR AIR WALK: In its second year, this event has expanded to include more artists. From 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, walk the .65-mile trail and encounter musicians, dancers and artists along the way. This is a benefit for the American Lung Association.
Musicians are the Hillside Brass Five, Saudade (viola and guitar), Born Old (old-time music) and the West Virginia Youth Symphony's Aryana Misaghi (flute). Musical Easels, where artists swap canvases in time with live music, are 2:15 to 3 p.m., and the JADCO Contemporary Dance Company will present excerpts from the original ballet "Chasing Butterflies" at 1:30, 2:30 and 3 p.m.
• RIVER QUEEN CRUISES: These one-and-a-half hour cruises kick off at Haddad Riverfront Park and takes in sights along the Kanawha River. The first day is Wednesday through June 29, with cruises at noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Tickets are $19 for adults, $18 for seniors, $11 for ages 4-11 and free for ages 3 and under.